History Literature / MemorySorrowAndThorn

7th Jan '17 9:01:58 PM MasterGhandalf
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## ''The Witchwood Crown'' (April 2017)

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## ''The Witchwood Crown'' (April (June 2017)
7th Jan '17 4:03:41 PM MasterGhandalf
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Williams has [[http://aidanmoher.com/blog/2014/04/news/tad-williams-returns-to-the-world-of-memory-sorrow-and-thorn-after-21-year-absence-in-the-king-of-osten-ard/ announced]] that a SequelSeries, ''The Last King of Osten Ard'', is forthcoming, with the first book to be published in April 2017. An {{interquel}} novel, ''The Heart of What Was Lost'' will be released in January 2017.

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Williams has [[http://aidanmoher.com/blog/2014/04/news/tad-williams-returns-to-the-world-of-memory-sorrow-and-thorn-after-21-year-absence-in-the-king-of-osten-ard/ announced]] that a SequelSeries, ''The Last King of Osten Ard'', is forthcoming, with the first book to be published in April 2017. An {{interquel}} novel, ''The Heart of What Was Lost'' will be was released in January 2017.



* AscendedExtra: [[WordOfGod Williams himself]] commented that he originally wrote Cadrach as a one-off character who would play no further part in the story after his (brief) initial appearance. Williams found the character he'd created intriguing and decided to bring Cadrach back, and he ends up being a fairly important player in the story.

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* AscendedExtra: AscendedExtra:
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[[WordOfGod Williams himself]] commented that he originally wrote Cadrach as a one-off character who would play no further part in the story after his (brief) initial appearance. Williams found the character he'd created intriguing and decided to bring Cadrach back, and he ends up being a fairly important player in the story.story.
** The Norn sorcerer Akhenabhi only appears in one scene in ''Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn'', though it's [[OneSceneWonder a fairly memorable one]]. He's a major player in ''The Heart of What Was Lost'', where he is characterized as, in essence, the Norn version of Pryrates, and as he survives the novel is being set up for an equally expanded role in ''Last King''.
19th Dec '16 2:37:14 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Being a young man, Simon spends a fair bit of time attempting to get laid, with no success, and at times it seems that Fate itself is conspiring against him. [[spoiler:In fact, when he and Miriamele finally [[LastMinuteHookup get together]] at the end, he's still a virgin while she is not.]]
7th Nov '16 11:54:45 AM Fighteer
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* YouAreTooLate: Five hundred years too late, to be exact.

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* YouAreTooLate: Five Pointed out by several characters, and Cadrach in particular, is that the heroes' attempts to foil the Storm King's plan are in vain, because the exact path to his victory was laid out five hundred years too late, to be exact.ago and he has anticipated every possible outcome; it is all set in prophecy as immutable as the stars.
7th Nov '16 10:05:26 AM Fighteer
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Justified, but present all the same. [[spoiler:Kingship, check. Princess, check. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Ruined kingdom and dead friends stacked like cordwood]], umm, yeah.]]
7th Nov '16 10:05:07 AM Fighteer
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* ChekhovsGun: The White Arrow. Deornoth being called the "Prince's Right Hand". Simon's dragon-blood scar.

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* ChekhovsGun: The White Arrow. ChekhovsGun:
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Deornoth being called the "Prince's Right Hand". Hand" ends up fulfilling the prophecy by which Camaris would return to his senses.
** The White Arrow, given to Simon as a symbol of Jiriki's [[IOweYouMyLife life-debt]] to him, is a powerful weapon in its own right, as it was made by the Sithi's greatest fletcher and is tipped with a fragment of an ancient stone used to access the Dream Road. It is used [[spoiler:in the climax to kill the Storm King]].
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Simon's dragon-blood scar.scar runs deeper than appearances; the mingling of the dragon's blood with his own gives him [[TouchedByVorlons a unique spiritual connection with Osten Ard]], and grants him [[spoiler:a crucial vision at the climax]].



* StandardHeroReward: Justified, but present all the same. [[spoiler:Kingship, check. Princess, check. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Ruined kingdom and dead friends stacked like cordwood]], umm, yeah.]]

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* StandardHeroReward: Justified. At the end, Miriamele is terrified that she will be handed off to some noble as a way to cement the stability of Erkynland after most of its nobility has died. She runs to Simon, desperate to escape with him, only to learn that [[spoiler:Simon was secretly the heir to the throne all along; even if he weren't, the surviving nobles would have made up the story just so that there would be a unifying figure to take control]]. Thus, both of them win.
Justified, but present all the same. [[spoiler:Kingship, check. Princess, check. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Ruined kingdom and dead friends stacked like cordwood]], umm, yeah.]]
6th Nov '16 7:56:34 PM dlchen145
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Camaris, the most powerful knight in Osten Ard, becomes this after his HeroicBSOD and [[NotQuiteDead apparent suicide]]. When awakened from his simpleminded state, he picks the BadAss mantle right up again, along with some ShellShockedVeteran baggage.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Camaris, the most powerful knight in Osten Ard, becomes this after his HeroicBSOD and [[NotQuiteDead apparent suicide]]. When awakened from his simpleminded state, he picks the BadAss badass mantle right up again, along with some ShellShockedVeteran baggage.



* ShroudedInMyth: Camaris. Justified, as he really is pretty BadAss, even after a HeroicBSOD and living as a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass for years.

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* ShroudedInMyth: Camaris. Justified, as he really is pretty BadAss, badass, even after a HeroicBSOD and living as a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass for years.
19th Oct '16 2:16:00 PM MasterGhandalf
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''Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn'' is a HighFantasy novel written by Creator/TadWilliams, comprising three volumes: ''The Dragonbone Chair'', ''The Stone of Farewell'' and ''To Green Angel Tower''. The latter volume was [[DividedForPublication broken up into two separate books]] in its paperback release.

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''Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn'' is a HighFantasy novel written by Creator/TadWilliams, comprising three volumes: ''The Dragonbone Chair'', ''The Stone of Farewell'' and trilogy[[note]]or quartet; see note on ''To Green Angel Tower''. The latter volume was [[DividedForPublication broken up into two separate books]] in its paperback release.
Tower''[[/note]] written by Creator/TadWilliams.
19th Oct '16 2:14:31 PM MasterGhandalf
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Williams has [[http://aidanmoher.com/blog/2014/04/news/tad-williams-returns-to-the-world-of-memory-sorrow-and-thorn-after-21-year-absence-in-the-king-of-osten-ard/ announced]] that a SequelSeries, ''The Last King of Osten Ard'', is forthcoming.

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Williams has [[http://aidanmoher.com/blog/2014/04/news/tad-williams-returns-to-the-world-of-memory-sorrow-and-thorn-after-21-year-absence-in-the-king-of-osten-ard/ announced]] that a SequelSeries, ''The Last King of Osten Ard'', is forthcoming.
forthcoming, with the first book to be published in April 2017. An {{interquel}} novel, ''The Heart of What Was Lost'' will be released in January 2017.

''Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn'' consists of:

## ''The Dragonbone Chair''
## ''Stone of Farewell''
## ''To Green Angel Tower''[[note]]Due to its sheer size, released as two volumes in many markets[[/note]]

''The Last King of Osten Ard'' consists of:
## ''The Witchwood Crown'' (April 2017)
## ''Empire of Grass'' (working title, release date TBR)
## ''The Navigator's Children'' (working title, release date TBR)
27th Jul '16 12:19:11 PM Fighteer
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* OurElvesAreBetter: Not elves as such, but the Sithi count. The Storm King certainly thinks they're better. Specifically, the Sithi are a bit of a blend of the High Elf and Wood Elf types, while the Norns are Dark Elves.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Simon's ring.
* PhlebotinumOverload: How Ineluki dies in the backstory, becoming the Storm King.

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* %%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* OurElvesAreBetter: Not elves as such, but the Sithi count. The Storm King certainly thinks they're better. Specifically, the Sithi are a bit an ancient race of a blend of nigh-immortals that deliberately invoke both TheFairFolk and the Tolkien-esque elf stereotype. While the remaining Sithi adopt the High Elf and / Wood Elf types, while archetype, the Norns are go into Dark Elves.Elf territory, living mostly subterranean lives. Adding to their foreignness, there is some subtext implying that the voyage they took to reach Osten Ard may have been interstellar rather than oceanic.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Simon's ring.
ring was given into the care of Dr. Morgenes by Simon's mother before she died; the writing on it contains the secret of his heritage.
* PhlebotinumOverload: How Ineluki dies in Ineluki's attempt to cast a forbidden spell to destroy the backstory, becoming human armies invading Asu'a backfired, killing him and his minions and casting them into the Storm King.realms beyond death.



* PunctuationShaker: Sithi names tend to do this.

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* PunctuationShaker: Sithi names tend are loaded with clicks, glottal stops and other difficult to do this.pronounce phonemes, represented in text mainly by apostrophes.



* RebelliousPrincess: Miriamele, largely due to being a RunawayFiancee.

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* RebelliousPrincess: Miriamele, largely due from a young age, felt isolated and neglected by her father, and although she was a princess, never adapted to being the role demanded of her. As a RunawayFiancee.young woman, she learned the bow and dressed as a boy servant to sneak around the Hayholt, both of which would have made her the scandal of the court if found out. This culminates when her father [[ArrangedMarriage promises her hand to Count Fengbald]], prompting her to [[RunawayFiancee flee to Naglimund]].



* ReluctantWarrior: Camaris especially, and Josua to an extent.
* TheReveal: Many of them.
* ReverseMole: Helfgrim and his daughters.

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* ReluctantWarrior: Camaris especially, Camaris, despite being the most fearsome human warrior in all of Osten Ard, hated killing and Josua viewed every death at his hands as a sin. After being restored to an extent.
* TheReveal: Many
his senses, he spends a great deal of them.
time lecturing his allies that war is not a thing to be celebrated in and of itself, but only waged in dire need as a means to peace.
* ReverseMole: Helfgrim and his daughters. daughters pretend to subject themselves to Fengbald's blackmail in order to put themselves in a position to kill him.



* SealedEvilInACan: The Storm King himself, natch.

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* SealedEvilInACan: The Storm King himself, natch.sealed himself away by killing his living body, forcing his spirit to inhabit the darkest reaches of Unbeing for centuries until Utuk'ku of the Norns made contact through the Dream Road and hatched his plan to be reborn.
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